He isn’t 6-foot-4, 225 pounds. He’s not getting offers from all over the country to go play for the nation’s best college programs. He doesn’t have the same name recognition as some of the other best quarterbacks from the state.
He’s just Pate Broussard and odds are he’s outplaying a lot of the big names out there.
“It doesn’t bother me,” Broussard said. “As long as we’re winning and everyone is playing well that’s all I care about.”
Crowley coach Josh Fontenot said one of the biggest pleasures of coaching Broussard is how selfless his quarterback is and how even without getting the recognition he deserves he maintains the same performance level and work ethic.
Standing at only 5-foot-9, Broussard won’t get offers from college schools, but Fontenot said people get too caught up in the recruiting rat race.
“It’s nobody’s fault, the media an everyone gets caught up with those guys that are signing all over the place,” Fontenot said. “And they deserve it, they are good players too.
“But I think that sometimes we lose the fact that high schools sports or high school players like Pate Broussard are just as good as or better than a lot of these other guys who have better measurements. It doesn’t make them any less of a player.”
For the season, Broussard has thrown for 785 yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions and has led the Gents to a perfect 3-0 start since 2006.
To get to 3-0 the Gents had to overcome a major challenge in the form of Cecilia. And in a classic 50-49 win Broussard fired four touchdowns and picked up 385 yards.
Fontenot praised Broussard after the win and said he could’ve had even better numbers without a couple of drops.
“He does everything right. We didn’t even come close to throwing an interception. He threw balls away when he had to,” Fontenot said. “He would’ve been even better but we had some balls dropped.”
Broussard spread the ball around to five different receivers in the win, utilizing the entire field to frustrate Cecilia’s defense.
Working through his progressions and putting the football where the play dictated it should go was one of the main reasons for his success, Fontenot said.
Combined with his calming presence in the huddle in a tight game on the road, Broussard powered Crowley to the big victory.
“He just has a calming presence about him. We had five receivers catch passes, he spread the ball around,” Fontenot said. “It speaks a lot of him, to know what the play dictates and know where the ball needs to go. He was phenomenal, he really was.”
But it’s Broussard’s maturity and work ethic that Fontenot said impresses him the most about his quarterback.
Before the season Fontenot said having Broussard was like having a second coach on the field and he was able to basically run some of the summer practices by himself
Broussard said his success this season comes from the hard work he and his teammates put in during those summer workouts, but credited his performance on the field to the coaching he receives from Fontenot and the rest of the coaching staff.
“It all starts during the summer workouts getting right and getting in shape for the season to do what we’re supposed to do,” Broussard said. “It’s mainly coaching and going through those progressions and taking my time to go through my reads one at a time.”
While he may not ever receive the big time college offer, Broussard and the rest of his team have Crowley poised for success this season.
And Fontenot said that to Broussard that is all that matters.
“He doesn’t mention it. It really doesn’t bother him,” Fontenot said. “We don’t even talk about it. That’s what makes it such a pleasure to coach Pate.”